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Archaeological findings (4)

Beazley Archive Pottery & Sculpture


The column of Kaminia

  The column of Kaminia is the first written part that was found during of the Pelasgic period on Lemnos. It was found in the wall of the church of Saint Alexander in the village of Kaminia in 1886 and was published that same year at the bulletin of the French Archaeological School in Athens. Fifteen years later it was found in Egypt where it was bought by Argirios Moshidis and Vasilios Apostolidis The column is right angled made of yellow pore like stone with dimensions of 0.95x0.40x0.14 meters and carved on it there is the head of a warrior who holds a weapon up high. Around it there are cared curled two inscriptions. One around the head of the warrior and the other around the narrow side of the column. It is written in the Greek alphabet and in an nearly Greek language i.e. in an ancestral style of Ancient Greek which was the language of the Tirini Pelasgi as the inhabitants of Lemnos were called during that period. It is written in the same language in which the Eteocrecian inscriptions were written and discovered in Crete around the end of the 19th century in the town of Presi. John Thomopoulos in his book "Pelasgika" dates the first inscription before 510 BC when the Athenian conquest of Lemnos took place. The second inscription he dates after 510 BC.

This text is cited Jan 2004 from the Limnos Medical Association URL below, which contains images.


Ancient coins

  Many coins were found all over the island which had various figures and themes on them from which we can deduct useful information regarding the history of Lemnos. There were two mints, one in Ifestia and the other in Mirina, the two largest cities of the island. On the coins found in Ifestia there are the gods they worshiped Ifestos, Kaveri and the Great Goddess Lemnos. Lit torches that obviously refer to the torch-races held in honour of Ifestos as well as metal tools that relate to the god. On other coins we see the ram (stockbreeding), the grape (wine production), the symbol of prosperity or the head of Dionysos (Dionysian worship). Imprinted on other coins is the radiated head of Apollo as the god of the sun or of Athena. Finally there are coins with the god Hermes or Kaveri on them.


Poliochni's treasure

POLIOCHNI (Prehistoric settlement) LEMNOS (LIMNOS)
  A treasure of gold jewelry belongs to one of the last phases of the settlement. It was found hidden in a vase and consists of rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. Some of the artifacts were found entire, others were broken. All of them are similar to those of the so-called Priam's Treasure, revealed in Troy, which lies exactly opposite Poliochni, in Asia Minor.
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Lemnos Provincial Government tourist pamphlet (1997).

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